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What Makes Legends of Tomorrow Look So Good

Written by Brian Miller

The idea of a superhero team is nothing new.  We’ve seen them on the big screen, little screen, and every other form of media imaginable.  So what on Earth makes Legends of Tomorrow, the new superhero team show from the CW, so special?  Well a few things actually.

First off, the cast is a excellent.  The show is a spin-off of the wildly successful CW programs Arrow and The Flash, and many members of the cast come from these two shows.  This show stars Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom, Caity Lotz as Sarah Lance/White Canary, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, and Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein.  New to the DC television universe are Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter and Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl.  Those returning from Arrow and The Flash have all proven themselves worthy, and the newcomers already look impressive.  The main point being that they are all great in this genre.  I mean, Arthur Darvill as a time traveler? What’s not to love about that?  More importantly, the characters portrayed here all together have a very interesting dynamic.  From a resurrected assassin to a shrinking billionaire, to a woman with past lives and wings, each of these characters have enough quirks and eccentricities to make for one crazy combination of a team.  And the fact that they are all being brought together by a time traveling cop to fight an immortal caveman really shows that DC is willing to go all out with this show.

When I watched this trailer, it gave me a feeling of nostalgia.  What did it make me feel nostalgia for?  The Justice League cartoon.  Well, more specifically Justice League Unlimited.  The show had action, comedy, and real heart.  You could feel these characters go from a rag tag group of heroes to a bonafide team.  That is the feeling that the Legends of Tomorrow trailer gave me.  The action was flashy and fierce, there was comedy in the from of the Atom and a brilliantly snarky Captain Cold(he only had two lines in the trailer, yet showed the most charisma).  As for the heart of the show, well, we will have to see once it premieres, but the trailer gives a hint of the team to come, including an amazing shot of Firestorm, the Atom, and Hawkgirl flying off into the sky together.  

The Arrow and the Flash established themselves in this universe as single heroes, only occasionally teaming up when they needed to.  What will be so interesting about Legends of Tomorrow is watching these heroes (and villains) develop together.  Judging from the tone of the trailer, there will be far less brooding and far more witty banter, which frankly, DC could use right now.  The Flash showed that you could be light hearted while still dealing with serious storylines and I sincerely hope that this show keeps that sort of tone.  DC has had the dark and stormy tone in a lot of their TV and films, and an injection of a happy medium between that and pure camp is very welcome.  

Some may think that this team up is a prep for audiences to finally see the Justice League on the big screen, but I believe that this team will prove it is more than just a primer.  From the increased effects quality to the well written and perfectly delivered dialogue, Legends of Tomorrow has a fighting chance of becoming one of the best superhero shows on today.  Let’s see if they’ll make it to tomorrow.

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About the author

Brian Miller

Brian is an aspiring writer and filmmaker. Graduating with a film degree from James Madison University, Brian has been honing his skills in both writing and film production. His focus in pop culture centers around film and television, though comics have always held a special place in his heart since childhood. Brian's passion for superheroes led him here, where he hopes to make an impact with his work.